Thomas Wolfe Cabin Master Planning Process

Happening Now

Thomas Wolfe CabinIn the summer of 1937, famous Asheville author Thomas Wolfe lived and worked in a cabin off of Azalea Road near Azalea Park. The City now owns the property and has stabilized it from further deterioration and will begin a master planning process for the cabin and surrounding property.

The master planning process is being undertaken as part of an ongoing effort to preserve the cabin, to allow time for the city to explore ideas for an adaptive reuse program consistent with the site’s history.

This is only a planning process, the City has not adopted the plan and allocated future funding for the site at this time. The community can anticipate the following deliverables from this process:


  • Rendered scenario plans and a perspective rendering of the preferred site plan
  • Summary report of findings and plans including an economic analysis
  • Cost estimate for restoration and adaptive reuse

The community is invited to participate in the visioning process and share ideas for the future use and design of the site.

Wednesday, February 27
5:30 – 7 p.m.
Thomas Wolfe Memorial
52 North Market Street

Thursday, February 28
3-4:30 p.m.
Murphy Oakley Community Center
749 Fairview Road

Final Public Meeting
Location and time TBD.
This public meeting will be to present the master plan concepts to the public and solicit input. After this meeting with the City and the public, the concept will be finalized.



The purpose of the project is to develop a comprehensive, multi-disciplinary master plan which will celebrate the literary contributions of Thomas Wolfe to Asheville, better integrate the site into the Asheville park system and the community as a whole, preserve the integrity of the site and guide the restoration or rehabilitation of the site as a living historic landmark of the City of Asheville and Buncombe County. The site was established as a local historic landmark in 1983. It encompasses 38.89 acres.

The project will include a comprehensive assessment of the site including infrastructure improvements, the consideration of additional accessory structures and an assessment of the connectivity of the site to surrounding destinations, trails and the Swannanoa River Greenway. The master plan will also include recommendations for the integration and functional reuse of the city-owned Moyer House adjacent to the Wolfe Cabin and the rebuilding of the tree house present on the site during Thomas Wolfe’s stay in the cabin.



2001 – Property is deeded to the City of Asheville.

2005 – Protective tarp is applied to cabin under guidance of local architect.

Summer 2012 – Existing Conditions Survey and Feasibility Study conducted in partnership with Preservation Society of Asheville and Buncombe County.

2014 – Selective demolition of non-contributing additions to the cabin are undertaken and a temporary EPDM roofing cover in installed.

April 2016 – Additional selective demolition and stabilization in partnership with the Preservation Society of Asheville and Buncombe County.

Fall 2017 – Structure is boarded up to deter vandalism. Plan for periodic monitoring is established.

July 2018 – RFQ posted

October 2018 – Consultant selected.

February 2019 – Community Meetings

Wednesday, February 27
5:30 – 7 p.m.
Thomas Wolfe Memorial
52 North Market Street

Thursday, February 28
3 – 4:30 p.m.
Murphy Oakley Community Center
749 Fairview Road


Supporting Documents

Thomas Wolfe Cabin Planning Area Map

Thomas Wolfe Cabin Planning Area Map – Aerial view

Existing Conditions Study and Feasibility Study

Staff report to Planning & Economic Development Committee – December 10, 2018

Request for Proposals

Lord Aeck Sargent response to RFP

Community Meeting Flyer


Contact Information

Stacy Merten, Director of Historic Resources